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Plan Would Preempt State Rules for Driverless Vehicles

A draft proposal by House Republicans would prohibit states from adopting rules on the design and testing of autonomous vehicles. The measure also contains a provision that would bar federal regulators from requiring approval of self-driving technology before it is brought to the market...
June 20, 2017

A draft proposal by House Republicans would prohibit states from adopting rules on the design and testing of autonomous vehicles. The measure also contains a provision that would bar federal regulators from requiring approval of self-driving technology before it is brought to the market.

The 45-page draft package of 14 bills would designate the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as the lead agency for regulating self-driving cars, preempting state rules. States could still set insurance and registration rules but could not use them as a way to regulate self-driving technologies.

One of the bills in the proposal would allow the U.S. Transportation Department to exempt up to 100,000 vehicles per year from U.S. federal motor vehicle safety rules, which currently prevent the sale of self-driving vehicles without steering wheels, pedals and other human controls. Another would declare crash data, other testing and validation reports from automated cars turned over to U.S. regulators to be “confidential business information.”

 

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